Leafcutter Ants

Official Name

Atta

Size

8-12 mm

Color

Light Brown/Orange

Geographical Location

Ranges from Southern Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil.

Common Household Location

Garden

Identifying Characteristics

  • Only the queens and males have wings, and these ants are also known as 'reproductives' or 'swarmers'.
  • Most of the ants in the nest are female, only the queens produce eggs. Queens are usually over 20 mm long.

Official Name

Atta

Size

8-12 mm

Color

Light Brown/Orange

Geographical Location

Ranges from Southern Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil.

Common Household Location

Garden

Identifying Characteristics

  • Only the queens and males have wings, and these ants are also known as 'reproductives' or 'swarmers'.
  • Most of the ants in the nest are female, only the queens produce eggs. Queens are usually over 20 mm long.

Notes

Leaf cutters ants are the largest and most complex of animal societies found on Earth. There are around 50 different known leaf cutting or fungus growing ant species.

These ants are gardeners. They cut and carry leaves back to their nest where they create an environment ideal to grow a special fungus which is used for food and antibiotics.

The nests are so large that they build their own ventilation systems to maintain a constant flow of fresh air fresh for the ants and fungus growth.